While the COVID-19 situation is improving in many countries where people can now take off their masks, go to a concert or watch football in a stadium, Thailand remains in heavy lockdown.
Under the governmental policy, commercial shoots are restricted to no more than five people on set, which poses a huge challenge to all production crews. Since most of the industry work on a freelance basis, many have been unemployed for up to three months.
Dutch Mill, a leading Thai dairy brand, had to film a commercial for a new product, Dutch Mill Selected Rich Espresso coffee-flavored milk. A product with a strong coffee flavor to help you feel “strong” in any situation.
The commercial planned to use a Rube Goldberg (chain reaction) machine to demonstrate the journey of fresh milk and rich espresso coffee, but due to lockdown, this complex shoot could only be achieved with five people behind the camera.
The production crew documented the Herculean task of engineering and filming this complex machinery with a 5-member crew over three grueling months in a behind-the-scenes video titled “The Lockdown Rube Goldberg”. In the documentary, the perseverance of the director and his art director sends a hopeful message to all to stay strong through their own adversity.
Within three days, the video received over 4.4K shares, 4M organic views, and 1K comments of encouragement for the crew.
Raviwan Mahakachaporn, Marketing Director of Dutch Mill, said the brand wanted to show support for the industry in these tough times “In this lockdown situation, it is tough for all of us but especially for freelance workers who are not on a payroll. They need all the support they can get, and we are happy to be their working partner. We hope this video will cheer you up and fuel your strength to fight another day.”
Thasorn Boonyanate, Executive Creative Director of Wunderman Thompson Thailand, added: “We’re trying to prove that it’s possible for brands to launch communication under this 5-person production limit. Not only did we commission the crew to make this documentary to promote themselves, but we also diverted a portion of our agency fee to hire 70 production staff who are currently out of work. The truth is we all need each other to get through COVID-19 together.”
The campaign follows Dutch Mill’s support of more than 200 Mum-and-Pop shops in Thailand during the pandemic by diverting advertising spend for user-generated geo-targeted ads for the local stores.
Watch the film here.
Agency Credit : Wunderman Thompson Thailand
Managing Director : Parattajariya Jalayanateja
Chief Creative Officer : Park Wannasiri
Executive Creative Director : Thasorn Boonyanate
Creative Group Head : Chanikarn Sitthiaree
Copywriter : Supalerk Silarangsri / Chanikarn Sitthiaree / Thasorn Boonyanate
Art Director : Smach Chotitat
Client Service Director : Nakhanya Sangsingkeo/ Arisarakorn Kamonsuntisuk
Account Director : Wanachoke Yimyong
Account Executive : Viranyupar Charoensin
Agency Producer : Jiraporn Channawach
Strategic Planning Director : Sean Lee Ong
Planner : Kunpratchtasorn Chutikuntanaki
Project Manager: Kanokwan Kaewkern
Film Production House : B1 Films
Director: Bhakpong Skonvitayanon / Duangtawan Sirikoon
DOP: Karn Uansri / Wichayuth Babprasert
Gaffer: Chanthut Kasemsantinavin
Executive Producer : Rewat Vorart
Producer : Teeruth Satitkul
Art Director: Kritsamas Ualapun / Kanueng Dumkaew
Production Manager: Pornchanok Junjumroensub
Asst.Production Manager: Thanet Rainthorn
Casting team: Chatchalai Jaroenpithayaluck
Costume & Stylist: Yooyyadech Sittiamorn
Location Manager: Julladit Prasertchaiwanich
Sound Production:Mellowtunes / Wild at Heart Studio
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